>Fishing-safety Legislation Stalled in the Senate

>Last summer, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a Coast Guard spending bill that includes new safety legislation that would try to reduce the perils facing U.S. fishermen, whose occupation has the nation’s highest death rate. The legislation, which would be the first major overhaul of fishing-safety laws since 1988, would require Coast Guard safety examinations, impose stability standards for new boats 50 feet or longer, phase in safety standards for older boats and require training for skippers. But the bill’s prospects depend on action in a gridlocked Senate. Read more.